Statutory declarations

A statutory declaration is a legal document that you sign to state something is true.

Making a false statement in a statutory declaration is against the law, and you can be:

  • given a fine
  • and/or a prison sentence of up to three years.

Who can witness a statutory declaration

It can be signed in front of any witness who is 18 or older.

A Justice of the Peace (JP) or Commissioner for Oaths do not have to witness and sign a statutory declaration.

Submitting a statutory declaration

You must follow these steps:

  1. Complete the statutory declaration form DOCX (16.2 KB) - you can either write by hand or type into the form.
  2. Print the form.
  3. Sign the form in front of a witness who is 18 years old or older - you must not bring a pre-signed statutory declaration to a witness.
  4. Get the witness to sign the form.

They should provide all of the following:

  • name
  • address
  • phone number.

If you do not know the witness, you must provide photo ID to verify you are the person making the declaration.

In most cases, you must submit the original, signed version of the statutory declaration.

Most organisations do not accept photocopies of statutory declarations.

Last updated: 12 June 2015

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